Friday, January 12th

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Cues and Blades: ITS Moves with the Edge of the Sword!

Dancing with a sword and bringing in the sisterhood of ITS? Is that possible? Heck, yes!! In this workshop we will learn a series of moves (slow tempo AND fast tempo) based on the ITS format that use the edgier prop available..the sword!! We will begin breaking down the moves and explaining the necessary technique to execute them well, and we will also include a few formation changes that use the shapes of the blades to create mesmerizing patterns in a group. ~ Intermediate / Advanced


Release Technique: Minimizing Effort to Increase Your Body's Efficiency

Bellydance training regimes often emphasize only the muscular component of strength building; however, strength lies in the neuromuscular system and good technique often appears as effortless movement, not muscular strain. Through various "releasing techniques" developed since the 1960s, dancers have been learning to move as efficiently and effortlessly as possible by building direct neuromuscular pathways. Releasing unnecessary effort frees the body-mind. Through guided imagery and hands-on partner exercises adapted from releasing techniques, April Rose leads the class in this approach to movement. Bring paper and pen for note-taking on the history and science behind releasing technique and be prepared for tactile interaction between students. ~ All Levels


Bellydance ABCs for Daily Drills

In this workshop, we will be creating a daily practice structure for newer bellydancers looking to put more focus on their craft and more intention in how they go about this process. 

All about your body: Super-soft, stretch flows to treat your body with generosity
Building blocks: Working on movements natural to this hybrid dance form and adding juicy layers for building block-style challenges
Conditioning: Finding the best balance of gentleness and complexity in daily practice provides you a more vast and safe canvas for exploration. ~ All Levels


12:00 - 2:00 PM

Center of Gravity

Power and freedom in movement emerges from having a calm and grounded center. A dancer who has
mastery of their center of gravity is able to move through space effortlessly, to stop on a dime, and change momentum with ease. Kami will lead exercises to help strengthen and move from the core, to challenge your balance and move through floor work without fear in order to find a wide spectrum of expression. Knee pads, dance shoes/socks are suggested but not required. ~ All Levels


ATS® FUNdamentals

Jump into ATS® by drilling the essential moves of both the "slow" (arrhythmical) and "fast"
(rhythmical) formats. More experienced dancers can bring a sword, basket, or book to learn how
much of the slow format can be used with a balancing prop. Bring finger cymbals, if ya got 'em, for
the fast format, and get ready to "grab your partner, Dosey Doh!," as we use explore a bit of ATS®
partner work. The class will end with improvisation, of course, including fun methods and
improvisational games designed for large groups. Bring an open heart and leave with a joyful spirit! ~ All Levels


Eclectic Fusion

"Eclectic Fusion" is a dance philosophy and format that Draconis has been working on to create a unique experience for the fusion dance community. As opposed to a class that is pigeonholed in "tribal fusion" or "Spanish fusion", this class allows a variety of dance styles to merry together with belly dance, creating unique and eclectic movement patterns. Much like with gender, Draconis was never able to choose just one style of dance to study. For many years he has studied and performed various styles of dance, including ballet, Modern, belly dance, West African, Brazilian Samba, and hip hop. Each class, each choreography, each combination is its own unique blend of fusion, keeping everything fresh and evolving. Draconis wanted to keep a signature style, but also have room to grow and change, and wanted his dance to be reflective of that. Eclectic Fusion is a style that is limitless and monotony-proof. By studying Eclectic Fusion, it prevents you from becoming one of those dancers who is "great, but does the same thing over and over." Draconis gives thorough instruction on finding your own personal brand of fusion, and what styles speak and resonate with you most strongly. He will help you refine your stage presence, showcase your best qualities, and keep you from falling into a box! ~ Intermediate / Advanced


Improve Your Improv

Bellydance has a long tradition of being a solo improvisational dance, but improv can be intimidating! How do you know what move to do? How can you flow from one move to the next? Sometimes you need a recipe to follow! These simple exercises will give you the “ingredients” to improve your improv! A simple mnemonic device to remember while practicing and some practical tips and tricks will help you to be in the moment with the music and your movements. ~ All Levels


Performance Mini-Intensive (12:00 - 4:00 PM)

Want an opportunity to perform at Migrations 2018? Here’s your chance! Liora has a brand-new vision inspired by her recent travels that she can’t wait to share with fellow dancers. Workshop registrants will receive instructional videos of a tribal fusion choreography by Liora well in advance in order to learn and prepare for the mini-intensive and performance. Dancers should be at the intermediate level or above and be comfortable with learning choreography and some staging via video. Choreography will include layering, staggered entrances and exits, and featured small groups. Performers must attend the 4-hour Friday workshop and be available for a short tech rehearsal in order to perform in the evening show. ~ Intermediate / Advanced


2:30 - 4:30 PM

Performance Mini-Intensive (12:00 - 4:00 PM)

Continuation of class. Please see description above.


Razor Sharp Slink

Executing slow, controlled, and sustained movement is something many of us aspire to yet can be so
difficult to achieve. This workshop will begin with working on new lines and pathways moving at molasses-slow speed with ultra-clean technique. We will take our slink and combine it with a some
pops, locks and contrasting movements that create striking combinations. ~ All Levels


Latino / Brazilian Drum Solo

Let’s add some flavor to that drum solo!!  Learn the steps to some of Latin America and Brazil‘s most famous and contagious beats.  Understand the similarities in rhythms in the music and apply them to an Arabic drum solo.  Want something different to mesmerize your audiences with? This is it!! ~ Intermediate / Advanced / Pro


Modern Contemporary

Set  to lush, driving beats and energizing soundscapes, Hassan's contemporary fusion layers simple but dynamic movements into fun, progressive combos that build into a fluid, full-body ride. This workshop is designed to introduce dancers who may be new to contemporary dance to the core principles of the practice in an easy-to-follow format that keeps you out of your head gets you into your body. This workshop is suitable for beginner-intermediate level movers and above. ~ All Levels